Interview with Simon Haynes

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Back in 1999 I submitted a manuscript to several publishers, one after another, and I couldn't believe how long it was taking to hear back. (I'm writing this in 2018, and one of those publishers still hasn't responded!)
So, in 2000 I thought "stuff this, I'm not wasting my life waiting around." I wrote a piece of software called yBook, which displayed electronic books on-screen with properly formatted pages that turned when you clicked them. After yBook was in general use, I released my first novel in ebook format.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Apart from a short experiment where one of my series was exclusive to a particular retailer, I've always gone wide with my books. As a teenager I remember the frustration when some new game was only released for a particular computer, or console, and I believe keen readers feel the same when they can't read their favourite authors on a given device.
Authors shouldn't stick their work behind artificial walls.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
"Having written".
Seriously, though, releasing a new novel into the wild after months of hard work out of the spotlight is an awesome feeling. In the past I worried that THIS book would be the one where people finally realised I was a useless author, and they'd leave a bunch of one star reviews.
However, after 18 novels it still hasn't happened, and I've slowly come to realise I might actually be a decent writer.
What do your fans mean to you?
Tons! There's this one guy in particular who wrote to me maybe every 8 months between 2014 and 2017, when I took a lengthy break from writing. He wasn't demanding, he just asked if I was writing anything.
Now I'm writing novels faster than he can read them ... I take my revenge however I can get it ;-)
What are you working on next?
A Portion of Dragon and Chips. It's Game of Thrones crossed with Discworld, although since I've only read one Discworld novel, the first person who insists I'm writing a Terry Pratchett knock-off will be added to book two as a character and promptly jailed. Or eaten by a giant turtle.

(I've had this with the Hal Spacejock series. Even though I wrote the first four novels before reading Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers, or watching a single episode of the Red Dwarf TV show, people still leave reviews claiming it's copying something or other. Yes, it has a smart robot, a dodgy space pilot and a snarky computer, but they're all based on people I know!)
Who are your favorite authors?
A voracious, life-long reader, my influences include Arthur C. Clarke, William F. Temple, C.S. Forester, C.S. Lewis, W.E. Johns, George G. Gilman, James A. Michener, Andrew M. Greeley, J.E. MacDonell, P.G. Wodehouse and J.R.R. Tolkien.

I also enjoy works by authors without initials, such as Agatha Christie, Enid Blyton, James Herriot, Victor Canning, Tom Holt, Desmond Bagley, Elisabeth Beresford, Michael Bond, Anthony Buckeridge, Richmal Crompton, James Clavell, Roald Dahl, Len Deighton, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Lynn Flewelling, Dick Francis, Adam Hall, Alexander Kent/Douglas Reeman, Robert Ludlum, Alistair MacLean, Dudley Pope, Arthur Ransome, Malcolm Saville, Tom Sharpe, Showell Styles and many more.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Who says I get out of bed?
Okay, truth time: I go to bed at 4am and get up around noon. I work best in the hours between 9pm and 3am, when there's no chance of phone calls, knocks on the door, postal deliveries or other interruptions.
I work with my brain. If I'm not writing novels I'm writing computer software, and once I'm in full flight I have a brain packed with complex information which has to find its way into the computer. One interruption can cost me an hour or more, and I've long since learned not to bother until I can work undisturbed.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Computer programming, PC gaming, woodwork and carpentry, renovating houses, bike riding for exercise, board gaming with friends, reading, drawing (mostly digital art). Loads of other stuff too.
I also design my own book covers, and I'm on top of promos and ads and newsletter swaps and so on.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Until a year ago I had about 3000 paperbacks in my house, packed into shelves I built in the hallways and bedrooms. One day I decided to get rid of them all, apart from a small collection of signed copies and books which held memories for one reason or another.
As a kid I hoarded books because I was always terrified of having nothing to read. Now, books are one or two mouseclicks away, 24/7.
As for discovery, I avoid the genres I write in. In fact, I mostly read non-fiction, and these are paperbacks given to me by others!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was set in WW2, and a squadron of spitfires took off from an airfield and downed a number of enemy planes before returning and landing successfully.

I was six years old at the time. I can still remember showing it to my mum like it was yesterday.
What is your writing process?
I wrote a book detailing it!
Basically, I come up with a rough plot idea, write a couple of chapters, then come up with a comprehensive plot outline before sitting down and writing the whole novel.
Ironically, the novel I'm working on now is the first since I released How to Write a Novel, and I'm ignoring all of my own advice.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was a big fan of the Famous Five, and the Borrowers. I don't remember any of the picture books kids are usually given to read, but once I got into novels they really began to have an effect.
How do you approach cover design?
If it's a series book, I'm limited to imitating the style of the previous titles. With a new series I try to come up with a design that will unify all the books in the series.
For years I avoided the tired old trope of 'spaceships on the cover' for my science fiction novels, instead showing the characters, but if you want to sell you just have to conform to reader expectations.
But how do you convey humour with a spaceship on the cover? And how do you say - yes, it's funny, and satirical, but there's also a real plot, and danger, and hard science, and social commentary?
So, after all these years I've stopped trying to sell the funny, and instead I'm selling the scifi. Let readers discover the humour for themselves.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
High Citadel by Desmond Bagley - overwhelming odds, ordinary people in an extraordinary situation.
God Game by Andrew M. Greeley - early days of PC gaming, fantasy world crossover, incredible characters.
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome - Adults letting kids get on with things, unsupervised.
Foundation by Isaac Asimov - my first taste of Science Fiction.
Martin Magnus, Planet Rover by William F. Temple - 1950's science fiction, now available in ebook after I helped the author's daughter re-release the titles.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly non-fiction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle 2 which is about to undergo a battery transplant. Works fine, I just wish the case wasn't stark white because it detracts from the reading experience. (Makes the page seem dull and grey.)
I really want a newer Kindle, but it can wait. If you want to be a full time author you learn not to spend any money, ever.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Newsletter swaps, Facebook and Bookbub CPC ads, paid promotions with ENT, Robin Reads, Bookcave and similar.
Describe your desk
Fairly small, with three 1920x1200 24" monitors facing me in an arc. Web pages and netflix/VLC on the left, WIP in the centre (programming or writing), Steam chat and temporary windows on the right.

I also run SalesScanner, which is a free piece of software I wrote to analyse sales figures from Smashwords, KDP, Createspace and Google Play. When I download a report from any of those sites, it scans the contents and updates my daily/weekly figures in realtime. It's nice to know what I've sold, and where.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in England in the late sixties, moved to Spain in the mid seventies and moved again, to Australia, in the mid-eighties. All these changes led to a whirlwind of schools and new friends of many nationalities, which I believe gave me a very broad view of the world.
As for influences, I think experiencing so many different environments has enriched my writing.
When did you first start writing?
I started on my first novel at age 26, but didn't finish it until five years later. Before that, I didn't believe I had anything to say to the vast majority of book buyers and readers, since they'd be older, wiser and more experienced than me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Oh boy. On the 1st of April 2018, I posted a mock-up book cover for a 'new novel' called 'A Game of Clunks'. In it, the robot from my main SF series ends up in a Game-of-Thrones environment. It had a dig on the cover about scifi writers who discovered fantasy paid better, and the tagline was 'A pair of nuts on the throne'.
Well, my facebook and twitter folllowers really took to it, and by the end of the day I was promising to write it. I 'only' had three other novels and a non-fiction title to write first, but since they're all done and published I really am writing the fantasy knock-off. (Now called 'A Portion of Dragon and Chips' - robots, silicon, chips ... get it?)
Published 2018-06-30.
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Books by This Author

The Comet Caper
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,780. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Space Station Oberon is on high alert, because a comet is about to whizz past the nearby planet of Gyris. All the scientists are preparing for the exciting event, and all the kids are planning on watching. All the kids except Hal Junior, who's been given detention...
Hal Spacejock Omnibus Three
Series: Hal Spacejock Omnibus. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 246,610. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Contains Hal Spacejock books 7-9 plus Albion. Hal Spacejock 7: Big Bang Hal Spacejock 8: Double Trouble Hal Spacejock 9: Max Damage Hal Spacejock: Albion (A novella) Hal Spacejock Omnibus One and Hal Spacejock Omnibus Two also available.
Max Damage
Series: Hal Spacejock. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,950. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Hal and Clunk answer a distress call, and they discover a fellow pilot stranded deep inside an asteroid field. Clunk is busy at the controls, dodging incoming rocks, so Hal dons a spacesuit, takes the jetbike and sets off on a heroic rescue mission. If he'd only known the trouble he was getting himself into, he wouldn't have bothered...
Albion
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,780. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Hal takes an odd call from a team of scientists, and minutes later he and Clunk are boarding a shuttle for the nearby orbiter. Turns out the scientists need some vital information, and only Hal can help! This story follows directly after Hal Spacejock 8: Double Trouble, and should be read after that novel.
A Pair of Nuts on the Throne
Series: Robot vs Dragons. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 81,490. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
Ahh, the Old Kingdom. Come and admire our angry dragons close up. Take a dip with mighty sea serpents in our warm seas. Play catch-the-arrow with merry elven warriors. Drink beer* with the dwarves. For an unforgettable experience, the Old Kingdom is the ideal destination for your next holiday** Survival is optional, and highly unlikely.
Collect One-Two
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 45,070. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
This collection contains a dozen short stories by Simon Haynes Sleight of Hand The Desolator Updown A Piece of the Action Catch of the Day Yard Fail Off Course Billy's Book Loss Leader Fizz! Thonn! Escape Clause
Hal Junior Omnibus One
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 92,770. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books
Contains three full-length science fiction novels featuring that outer-space troublemaker, Hal Junior. Three hair-raising adventures, dozens of illustrations, and enough laughs to keep your space kids laughing for hours! Perfect for ages 8-12. Hal Junior novels are also available in paperback editions.
Harriet Walsh Omnibus One
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 178,170. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
For the first time, get all three Harriet Walsh novels in one volume! All the Harriet Walsh novels are set in the distant future, where the galaxy has been colonised and human-like robots are commonplace. They're good clean fun, written with wry humor.
A Butt of Heads
Series: Robot vs Dragons. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,140. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
Events are unfolding at a breakneck pace in the Old Kingdom! Laugh as your favourite characters spit in the face of danger ... then run for the hills. Admire the verbal jousting and witty swordplay ... or is it the other way round? Giggle as kings and queens lose their heads. And above all ... gasp in astonishment as you learn exactly what Clunk's building in his makeshift workshop.
A Portion of Dragon and Chips
Series: Robot vs Dragons. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,460. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
A manic fantasy sendup featuring tasty dragons and even tastier assassins. Don't miss this laugh of the year! This is the first novel in a three book series. Each book in the series continues plot lines and character arcs from the previous title, with everything wrapping up in book three.
How to Write a Novel
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,200. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Literacy
Maybe you want to write a novel which has been on your mind for years. You don't care how long it takes, you just want to see it through to the end. Or maybe you see yourself as a career novelist - there's a real challenge - and you want to write books quickly and efficiently. I've done both, and I cover both approaches in How to Write a Novel.
Hal Spacejock Omnibus Two
Series: Hal Spacejock Omnibus. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 230,240. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Get three books in one! Set in the distant future, where humanity spans the galaxy and robots are second-class citizens, Hal Spacejock will strike a chord with fans of Red Dwarf and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, while simultaneously forging its own wacky, off-beat path through the cosmos. Hal Spacejock Omnibus Two contains books 4-6 in the Hal Spacejock series plus a bonus short story: Framed
Sierra Bravo
Series: Harriet Walsh. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,800. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
A criminal gang has moved into Chirless, Dismolle's second major city. Elderly residents are fed up with the loud music, noisy cars and late night parties, not to mention hold-ups, muggings and the occasional gunfight. Chirless has no Peace Force, so it's up to Harriet Walsh of the Dismolle City branch to help out ...
Hal Spacejock Omnibus One
Series: Hal Spacejock Omnibus. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 241,460. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Get three books in one! Set in the distant future, where humanity spans the galaxy and robots are second-class citizens, Hal Spacejock will strike a chord with fans of Red Dwarf and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, while simultaneously forging its own wacky, off-beat path through the cosmos. Hal Spacejock Omnibus One contains the first three books in the Hal Spacejock series
Visit
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,960. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Hal and Clunk are stuck in port, forced to wait two whole days for their next cargo. Hal returns to the ship after a little shopping expedition and finds Clunk in a right old state. Break out the crayons and colouring sheets ... he's organised a school visit!
Alpha Minor
Series: Harriet Walsh. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,600. Language: British English. Published: May 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The Peace Force has a new recruit, and she's driving everyone crazy. From disobeying orders to handling unauthorised cases, nothing is off-limits.
Double Trouble
Series: Hal Spacejock. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,270. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Hal Spacejock dons a flash suit, hypershades and a curly earpiece for a stint as a secret agent, while Clunk is invited to a ‘unique business opportunity’ by a pair of rusted friends. Inevitably, things turn sour, and it’s all hands to the pumps as the good ship Spacejock springs leaks from stem to stern.
Peace Force
Series: Harriet Walsh. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,420. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Harriet's boss is a huge robot with worn out batteries, the patrol car is driving her up the wall, and her first case will probably kill her. Welcome to the PEACE FORCE!
Big Bang
Series: Hal Spacejock. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 83,200. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
A house clearance job sounds like easy money, but rising floodwaters, an unstable landscape and a surprise find are going to make life very difficult for Hal and Clunk. Hal Spacejock 07 Big Bang is book seven in the Hal Spacejock series.
Safe Art
Series: Hal Spacejock, Book 6. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,950. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
A wealthy patron is sponsoring a series of art exhibitions, and Hal Spacejock has been employed to transport valuable pieces from one venue to the next. The only question is which of them will last longest ... Hal or the artworks? Safe Art is the sixth novel in the Hal Spacejock series.
The Gyris Mission
Series: Hal Junior, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,360. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00 from 1 review)
Hal and Stinky are very excited about the camping trip to Planet Gyris ... imagine a whole week of fishing, swimming, sleeping in tents and running wild! Unfortunately, the boys crash land in the middle of a forest, and there's little chance of rescue. Is this the end of the camping trip ... or the start of a thrilling new adventure?
The Missing Case
Series: Hal Junior, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,130. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Space Station Oberon is expecting an important visitor, and everyone is on their best behaviour. Even Hal Junior is doing his best to stay out of trouble! From multi-coloured smoke bombs to exploding space rations, Hal Junior proves ... trouble is what he's best at!
Hal Spacejock (édition française)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,850. Language: French. Published: July 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Ça n'ennuie pas Hal Spacejock de naviguer vers une étoile non répertoriée, de se poser sur un terrain désert, d'esquiver la douane et de charger un fret douteux sous le couvert de l'obscurité. C'est un jour de travail comme un autre. Non, la vraie bataille commence quand le client envoie un pilote vétuste prendre les commandes du vaisseau chéri de Hal...
Baker's Dough
Series: Hal Spacejock, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 62,350. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Robots have a tough life in Hal Spacejock's universe: as second-class citizens they have no rights, and most are overworked, mistreated, and recycled at the drop of a hat. When Kim Baker, a wealthy industrialist, leaves his vast fortune to an elderly robot, it's front page news. Unfortunately, the robot hasn't been seen for decades ...
Yard Fail
Price: Free! Words: 3,390. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
When Ralph Swindon tinkers in his workshop, the whole world holds its breath ... A 2700-word short story. Trivia: Features the characters from Sleight of Hand.
Sleight of Hand
Price: Free! Words: 8,840. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
After a cosy meal, the protagonist retires to his host's workshop for an after-dinner drink ... and becomes the unwitting subject of an experiment. Trivia: Sleight of Hand won the 2001 Aurealis Award for Horror.
Thonn!
Price: Free! Words: 3,080. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Synopsis: Magick is banned in Thonn's world, outlawed after greedy and power-hungry wizards almost destroyed the entire planet. So imagine his surprise when he spies Eddie de Elder performing Magick spells! A 2500 word Fantasy/Comedy story
Updown
Price: Free! Words: 2,070. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Social services have come to take 10-year old Daniel away from his home and family, but his best friend Danny has other ideas ... A 1600 word Science Fiction story
Billy's Book
Price: Free! Words: 5,460. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Billy Crump is the local stable boy. Fed up with mucking out horses, he sneaks into the wizard's lab, concocts a potion using all the rare and expensive ingredients, and somehow ends up with a talking book. His first thought? Sell the book ... and say goodbye to horse muck forever! A 5000 word fantasy/comedy story
Off Course
Price: Free! Words: 2,010. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Sports, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
When you're on for a birdie, watch for aliens in the rough. A 1500 word SF/comedy/golf story
Catch of the Day
Price: Free! Words: 4,270. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Ken and Steve reluctantly give up their lawnmowing duties for a weekend of fishing, booze and male bonding. Unfortunately the fish aren't biting, supplies are running low and worst of all ... the beer just ran out. Then, without warning, an alien colony ship arrives in orbit, and that's when Ken's problems REALLY start. A 4000 word short story by the author of the Hal Spacejock series.
The Secret Signal
Series: Hal Junior, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,880. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Hal Junior lives aboard a futuristic space station. His mum is chief scientist, his dad cleans air filters and his best mate is Stephen 'Stinky' Binn. As for Hal ... he's a bit of a trouble magnet. He means well, but his wild schemes and crazy plans never turn out as expected! Hal Junior: The Secret Signal features mayhem and laughs, daring and intrigue ... plus a home-made space cannon!
No Free Lunch
Series: Hal Spacejock, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,520. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Hal Spacejock is a loner, struggling to make his way in a huge, uncaring galaxy. His occasional brushes with the law have left him wary and suspicious of authority. The Peace Force is a proud and dedicated body of humans and robots who work together to solve crimes and keep the Galaxy safe. Now, one of them desperately needs the other.
Just Desserts
Series: Hal Spacejock, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 79,030. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Planet Cathua has to go cap in hand to neighbouring systems, haggling and bartering for the very robots they used to be so famous for. One Cathuan patriot is determined to reverse this embarrassing situation. Trust Hal Spacejock to land in the middle of his sinister plot ...
Second Course
Series: Hal Spacejock, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,210. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Rex Curtis is trying to save his freight company from bankruptcy, and the last thing he needs is a cheeky freelancer stealing his best customers. Hal Spacejock, cheeky freelancer, is fighting for survival in the cut-throat interstellar cargo business. The last thing he needs is a powerful enemy. Two headstrong men on a collision course, in a Galaxy barely room enough for one.
Framed
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,400. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
A straightforward cargo delivery takes a left turn when Hal Spacejock gets sidetracked. But with 200 shares in a worthless company on offer, who wouldn't step into a makeshift teleporter which has already claimed one victim? Hal and Clunk, stars of the Hal Spacejock comedy series, feature in this short story. 'Framed' slots in any time after Second Course.
A Robot Named Clunk
Series: Hal Spacejock, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 77,650. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.00 from 1 review)
Clunk's asked to perform a trivial little task while on his way to a refit: help a freelance pilot pick up some cargo. Unfortunately Hal Spacejock refuses to cede control of his ship to a mere robot. Worse, Hal's got 24 hours to pay off his debts or he'll lose his ship ... and his life. Will they still be wrestling over the controls when the deadline expires?
A Piece of the Action
Price: Free! Words: 9,150. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.00 from 1 review)
Flat broke and stranded in a South American country, Ralph Gardiner is nursing a beer and contemplating the wreckage of his life. No money, no prospects, and worst of all ... the beer is warm. When a local businessman approaches him with a curious job offer, Ralph decides he has very little to lose ... 8000 Word Short Story.
The Desolator
Price: Free! Words: 6,210. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Join Hurm, Runt and Father Mephistophiles as they struggle to save the hamlet of Yendour from a marauding dragon. Originally published in Andromeda Spaceways #6.
Loss Leader
Price: Free! Words: 9,290. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
After many delays and last-minute setbacks, the first colony ship leaves planet Earth for a distant star. Join the crew as they discover all is not as it seems... Originally published in Andromeda Spaceways #3